Consultation on the closure of 2 schools in 2024
Brighton & Hove City Council is consulting on the proposal to close 2, one form entry primary schools by the end of August 2024.
The 2 schools affected are:
- St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School
- St Peter’s Community Primary School
The consultation opens on 7 November 2023. The closing date for responses is 22 December 2023.
Respondents are asked to submit an online response about the closure of either or both of these schools on the consultation page.
If you're unable to submit a response through the portal, send an email with your views to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need us to take down your response to the consultation because you cannot complete it yourself, phone 01273 293 653 between 9:30am and 1:30pm, and we'll take down your response.
You can translate this website into different languages at the bottom of the page. Contact the school admissions team if you need any further help with translations or if you need an interpreter at any of the meetings.
Reasons for the proposed closures
In the Census 2021, it was revealed that there was a 22% drop in children aged 0 to 4 living in Brighton & Hove in the 2021 census compared to the 2011 census.
Brighton & Hove City Council’s own projection of pupil numbers starting Reception in the coming years forecasts that there will be 651 excess places in 2025 and 662 excess places in 2026. This will mean Brighton & Hove will have over 25% surplus capacity.
In response to the fall in pupil numbers Brighton & Hove City Council is proposing the closure of 2 schools and the reduction in the Published Admission Number of 9 schools from September 2025. This will mean a total reduction of 300 primary school places.
Read more about the school admissions consultation.
Too many spare school places in the city will result in some schools not getting enough pupils attending. As schools are mostly funded on pupil numbers, if they do not have enough pupils attending, they may not be able to operate in a financially efficient way.
These proposals were discussed at the Children, Families and Schools meeting on 6th November.
Read more about the proposed closure of St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School and where pupils will transfer to.
Read more about the proposed closure of St Peter's Community Primary School and where pupils will transfer to.